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6 Reasons Why Voice Notes are Essential for International Schools!

Mote is delighted to welcome Kim House as guest author for this post! Kim has been a primary school educator for 20 years, serving 12 years as a Technology Integration Specialist at the Bavarian International School in Munich, Germany. She is both a Google Certified Trainer and Coach, an Apple Distinguished Educator and chairperson for the ECIS Technology Innovation and Design Committee.

As an international school educator, Mote is one of the simplest and most powerful tools I can use to increase student engagement, understanding, and access to learning. International schools often have a high population of non-native English speakers and ELL students at various levels. Strategies we use to help ELL students and those needing learning assistance can also be powerful tools for any student! Mote allows teachers to make learning more accessible and also tap into students’ understanding whilst saving time. Win-win!

Here are my 6 reasons why Mote voice notes are an essential for international schools

1. Translate and transcribe voice comments into 25 different languages 🌎

This is at the heart of why Mote is so effective for international school students. At its core, voice notes enable teachers to leave comments, feedback, and instructions that can be quickly transcribed and translated into 25 different languages. Hearing and seeing the text reinforces understanding. Learning becomes instantly accessible to everyone and is offered in multiple formats so students can choose what works best for them. Read John Hattie’s thoughts on feedback.

2. Make Google Classroom Assignments easy to access for everyone 🙌

Mote is embedded across Google Workspace and can be used in different products. Add voice instructions to your Classroom assignment instructions, posts, feedback and as part of the grading workflow. Voice notes provide scaffolding to ensure all students are clear on instructions and feedback. Using the translation features here really brings it home for ELL students. 

3. Level up Creativity in Google Slides with Mote! 🥳

Students and teachers can add their voice to Slides.

Teachers using a shared slide deck can add voice to engage, explain and increase understanding.

Students can add voice to demonstrate learning and activate an alternative avenue of creativity. Students who prefer to explain orally have a pathway to show what they know.

4. Make your Google Forms phenomenal with voice responses! 🗣️

Yes, voice responses!!!

Imagine not only for foreign language classes but also for our EAL students or any student struggling with writing. Integrating audio into. form works especially well for more open-form questions.

For foreign language or EAL classes it could be used to assess fluency, pronunciation, understanding and comprehension. Quick, simple and effective– win-win!

5. Check engagement and start a conversation! 👋

Quickly see if students have listened to voice notes all in one place! Once a student has listened to a voice note you’ll see the status in the ‘My Activity’ area.

This is a great way to flag students you might want to remind or check in with in person. Students can also respond to your notes thereby starting a conversation about their learning.

Improving this feature all the time, it’s possible to filter by student – a great option for conferences!

6. Demonstrate learning with voice! 💡

Offering students choice in how they present their understanding increases engagement and student ownership over their learning. It also gives you a better insight into each learner. Mote gives students the opportunity to orally explain their ideas and understandings for those students who may find writing difficult or for any student!  As educators we know, it’s always good to switch things up. Students who’ve never tried oral explanations may find they really like it and add it to their toolkit.

“Mote is not only a tool for instant verbal feedback, it creates connection, builds rapport and decreases barriers for those students with reading difficulties or with English as a second language. Even better….it is a 2-way tool.”  

Maria Etheridge, Mote Ambassador and teacher from Victoria, Australia.

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